Mama Elizabeti

By Kirkus Reviews

[T]his sweet sequel to the wonderful, award-winning ELIZABETI’S DOLL will hit a chord in any child who has had to care for a younger sibling… Hale again gives the Tanzanian village in which this is set a dusty, open spareness, gracefully posing tall, brightly clad adults, capturing Elizabeti’s love and worry (never anger) with clearly drawn, unexaggerated gestures and expressions. Though too young to talk, Obedi comes across as an individual, too, with content, mischief, sadness, and relief chasing each other across his mobile features. After supper, as Mama cradles Flora, Elizabeti rocks Obedi to sleep in her arrns – a peaceful end to a trying, important day in her life.